RP officers cite 30 for distracted driving on April 3
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By Dave Williams   April 12, 2013 12:00 am

The Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety Traffic Team issued 30 citations for distracted driving on April 3 as part of its campaign against texting or using a cell phone without a handless device.

Five officers were on duty paying close attention to those drivers who still failed to put the phone down. 

“It is amazing that drivers are still willing to take a chance even though there is so much media attention not to mention the destruction it causes.” Said RPDPS Sgt. Aaron Johnson, who supervises the Rohnert Park Traffic Unit. “Whether it’s 

a ticket or a crash, as the campaign theme states, ‘It’s Not Worth It!’ 

“Officers mobilized all over the city and issued citations for predominately cell phone and texting violations; however, one driver was cited for having a dog in their lap, causing a distraction and another for driving under the influence of prescription medication.

All together, Johnson said, RPDPS officers issued 50 citations, 30 of which were for distracted driving.

The officers in both Cotati and Rohnert Park will be out in full force again on April 16 as part of the statewide campaign against distracted driving.

Funding for this program is from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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